Thursday, September 10, 2009

The second tier of influence goes under the bus at midnight

By Melanie Phillips (The Spectator UK)


In line with their deeply principled doctrine that nothing should be reported which might provoke a scintilla of doubt that President Obama’s heart beats absolutely in tune with the highest virtues of humanity, the US mainstream media
reported nothing of this until Van Jones actually resigned.


You can guarantee that any such further research will be done in the blogosphere; the mainstream media will continue with their principled agenda of throwing objective journalism underneath the wheels of that rampaging Obama bus.


A few days ago Van Jones, President Barack Obama's adviser on ‘green jobs,’ resigned his post -- apparently in the middle of the night during the Labour Day holiday weekend -- after a series of astonishing comments he had made came to light. As the Wall Street Journal reported:


Mr. Jones has been in the center of a maelstrom on conservative radio and television talk shows since a video surfaced last week showing him calling Republicans a vulgar epithet. Since then, other controversies have emerged, such as Mr. Jones saying black students would have never committed a massacre such as the one at Colorado’s Columbine High School. His name also appeared on a 2004 petition calling for the government to investigate its own culpability in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

In line with their deeply principled doctrine that nothing should be reported which might provoke a scintilla of doubt that President Obama’s heart beats absolutely in tune with the highest virtues of humanity, the US mainstream media reported nothing of this until Van Jones actually resigned. Their silence on his extremist ravings – even the fact that he was outed as a ‘truther’ who believes 9/11 was a put up job by George W Bush – was guaranteed by the fact that the people who were jumping up and down about all this were c*ns*rv*t*ve talk show hosts who, as we all know, are clinically insane and diabolically evil and so everything they say must be the precise opposite of the truth. Right?

Oh dear. For then Van Jones actually went and resigned. Or was thrown under the Obama bus to join grandma, Pastor Wright, Bill Ayers and all Obama’s other variously troublesome associates and mentors who have suddenly found themselves being added to the carnage beneath the wheels of that singularly lethal conveyance.

The really big question the mainstream media won’t ask therefore is how Van Jones could have been appointed in the first place. For his significance lies not just in the fact that he is a ‘truther ‘or blabbermouth. It is that he has a long history of extreme, anti-western radicalism and membership of a network of such radicals– a history not only known to the Obama administration but of which networks Obama himself was part.

The prize for Van Jones’s scalp should go not to the US talk show hosts but to the sleuth who first dug out the facts about Van Jones and his radical circles. Last April Trevor Loudon – the New Zealand blogger who has been indefatigably mapping the web of ultra-left radicalism that brought Obama to power -- revealed:

A few short years ago Anthony (Van) Jones was a Bay Area radical agitator-a committed Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, waging war on the police and capitalist system. Today Van Jones holds a key position in the US government and has the ear of President Barack Obama.

Two days later, Loudon disclosed that not only had Van Jones been the leading light of a revolutionary organization called STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement) but he had been linked to the Weather Underground terrorist organisation (erstwhile stamping-ground of Obama’s disavowed ex-comrade, Bill Ayers) and to a network of other revolutionaries who in turn gave rise to the campaigning group Progressives for Obama. Loudon also discovered that Van Jones had been a fellow at the no less radical George Soros-funded Centre for American Progress.

On August 17, Loudon further revealed that in September 2008, several weeks before Obama was even elected, two staffers at the radical Institute for Policy Studies, Phyllis Bennis and Chuck Collins, posted on its website 22 names they thought would make suitable appointments for an Obama administration – of whom one was Van Jones,

‘to direct the Commerce Department’s new “green jobs initiative”’.

Loudon revealed that Barack Obama, Van Jones and Chuck Collins were all united by Demos, a Fifth Avenue New York based think tank:

A little known, but highly influential organization, Demos is a key component of the ‘progressive’ machine that brought Obama and the Democrats to power in 2008. Besides being Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, at the Institute for Policy Studies, Chuck Collins works for Demos as Director of the Tax Program -Business for Shared Prosperity. Incidentally in the mid 1990s, Collins was one of several IPS people who helped organise the New Party-which Obama joined in 1995 in Chicago. Van Jones serves on the Demos Board of Trustees.

According to the Demos website, Obama was cherry-picked to join the group that originally developed Demos as an institution ‘challenging the status quo’. Loudon suggested that he was selected because of his strong connections in the 1990s to the radical community group ACORN – the one with a history of voter fraud and intimidation -- with which Demos worked closely. Loudon observed:

Seven years ago Van Jones was a San Francisco hardcore Alinskyite street communist. After hooking up with the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Democratic Socialists of America, former '60s Maoists, Weather Underground supporters and Demos he managed to land a job in the White House.

Twenty two years ago Barack Obama was a Chicago Alinskyite ‘community organiser’. After hooking up with the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Democratic Socialists of America, former ‘60s Maoists, Weather Underground supporters and Demos he managed to land a job in the White House.

Could there be a connection?

Two days before Loudon’s August 17 post Valerie Jarrett, a senior Obama adviser, gushed about Van Jones:

‘We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We have been watching him, really, for — he's not that old — for as long as he has been active out in Oakland in all of the ways that he has — creative ideas that he has. And now we have captured that’.

In a 2008 interview on leftist ‘Uprising Radio’ in Los Angeles, Van Jones provided a taste of those ‘creative ideas' that so impressed Obama and Jarrett:

‘The green economy will start off as a small subset’ of a ‘complete revolution’ away from ‘gray capitalism’ and toward ‘redistribution of all the wealth...And we are going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.

In more of these 'creative ideas' in 2006, Jones argued that Marxists must seek ways to emancipate black criminals from prison.

‘Two million locked up, one million black, most of them young men, smoking the same dope you smoke, doing the same drugs that white folks do, but treated like animals and brutalized. It's the right deed for this movement to take now: to stand in solidarity with those people living on the slave ships on dry land called prisons,’ Jones wrote in the leftist Tikkun magazine. ‘The powerful are trafficking in human flesh today,’ he continued. ‘They're trafficking in human bodies. The correctional corporations of America are traded on the stock exchange, turning the Dow Jones into a high-tech slave auction in American (sic) today. Let my people go.’

In an interview about his disclosures, Loudon makes the point that Van Jones is only one of an entire network of radicals who have been brought into the Obama administration – in the words of one radical sympathiser on the outside, in ‘second-tier’ positions where they are less noticeable. Loudon concludes:

‘Jones’ resignation is a blow for the left and a victory for freedom, but it is only the beginning in unmasking a whole series of White House radicals. They may not have been as loud mouth and indiscreet as Van Jones ―but that makes them more dangerous, not less. Millions of Americans now have some inkling of what is happening to their country. Now is the time to amp up the pressure and research.’

You can guarantee that any such further research will be done in the blogosphere; the mainstream media will continue with their principled agenda of throwing objective journalism underneath the wheels of that rampaging Obama bus.

Update: for more on Valerie Jarrett and her enthusiasm for Van Jones, read Loudon's subsequent post here.

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